The String Queens
With a combined 40 years of experience performing at venues all around the world and teaching students across the country, The String Queens (TSQ) is an ensemble dedicated to creating music that inspires people to love, hope, feel, and imagine. All three members are passionate, pedagogically sound educators at the nationally recognized, high-performing charter school network KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), where Dawn Johnson and Élise Cuffy are orchestra directors, and Kendall Isador (former orchestra director) is a vice principal.
TSQ specialize in writing and performing pop, gospel, jazz, and R&B arrangements in order to bring an authentic, soulful “orchestral sound” to the live musical experiences. Individually, TSQ’s members have performed with famed music directors Michael Bearden, Ray Chew, Alan Gilbert, Rickey Minor, Adam Blackstone, James DePriest, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
TSQ’s members have performed at venues such as The Howard Theatre, The Birchmere, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Strathmore, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, The Potter’s House Church, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall, to name a few. TSQ has also worked with award-winning artists, including Ledisi, Solange, Donnie McClurkin, Donald Lawrence, Whitney Houston, Kurt Carr, Janelle Monáe, Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Smallwood, Wynton Marsalis, and Ruben Studdard.